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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  53,583 ratings  ·  6,300 reviews
From subway to Broadway to happily ever after. Modern love in all its thrill, hilarity, and uncertainty has never been so compulsively readable as in New York Times bestselling author Christina Lauren’s romantic novel.

Marriages of convenience are so...inconvenient.

For months Holland Bakker has invented excuses to descend into the subway station near her apartment, drawn t
Paperback, First Edition, 368 pages
Published December 5th 2017 by Gallery Books
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Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, 2018
A love-drunk heart, from what is sure to be an infamous guide on how not to date—told by Christina Lauren's quirkiest literary couple yet (ahem, Josh and Hazel)—spurred my instantaneous reach for Roomies. Eager to stoke those gushy, giggly, infatuated-girl feelings.

I think it’s important to acknowledge—no two meet cutes are ever the same—each relationship has its own distinct opening and underlying beat, much like a piece of music. For some couples, it begins in college with a proposition and a
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.75/5 ⭐

I'll admit, this smells like a good rom com melodrama
I'll click "Currently reading"
I'll treat myself with mint chocolate chip ice cream


I am going to be completely honest here, this book kind of played with my anxiety. I mean, I am not a fan of marriages that go like this:
"Hey, I'll give a sack of potatoes on you, what do you have?"
"So I have this cute little sheep and two chickens."
"That'll do, let's be man and wife."

For real, it's weird and dangerous. Like, I cannot even conceive to t
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, arc-books
➳The idea of marriage for the aspect of immigration purposes, has never sounded so enticing in this new compelling romance from Christina Lauren…

➳When being granted the presence of an Irish hottie, with the admiration and talent of music, and the love for keeping his lips smooth and soft by applying lip balm every five minutes, one must learn to admire such a specimen. I sure have, thanks to Christina and Lauren and their welcoming presence of Calvin McLoughlin. An attractive musician, who i
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-audio
4.25 stars!


Christina Lauren always writes the best feel good romances. Roomies had me laughing, swooning, and kept a huge smile on my face the entire time I was reading!!!

Holland meets Calvin at the subway station. She is captivated by his music the first time she hears him play. It turns into a bit of an obsession for her. Holland goes out of her way to listen to Calvin’s music. It’s mesmerizing. Holland works in Broadway, and even though she’s not musical, she has an ear for it. She falls in l
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it

ARC provided by Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review.

This was maybe the sweetest book I’ve read all year. It was heartwarming, adorable, and just a joy to read. I loved this and I hope if you guys are looking for a romantic contemporary this holiday season, you’ll pick up Roomies upon release on December 5th!

This is a story that surrounds a girl named Holland, who has been around music all her life. Her uncle and his husband practically have raised her, and one of them is a big nam
chan ☆
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
when i tried to read this a couple of years ago, i dnf'd because i was put off by the heroine's bold acceptance of nepotism. but as one does, i picked this up again for a video.

and it was... fine. the marriage of convenience aspect was intriguing i suppose but the hero and heroine felt like they weren't on even footing. holland watched calvin busking for SIX MONTHS before daring to approach him. so by the time they marry for convenience she's infatuated. and sure he was sweet to her but i couldn
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“But I also think she sees herself as a supporting character, even in her own life story.”

Romance books always have me feeling single as fuck but also hopeful and I’m a soppy mess right now. This book was almost a dream and so passionate. In goals and in love. I so badly wanted more!

What am I supposed to do now? Where can I find me own Calvin?!

‘Tings’ I LOVED:
• Our main female protagonist. Hella relatable!
• The love interest and his Irish accent. Calvin was a beautifully, flawed mess.
• Holland’
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****FIVE++++++++ STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Authors}

I've had the thought almost without realizing it--the encroaching awareness that I feel settled but in truth can’t see my future at all. I have a temporary job, a temporary marriage. Will anything ever be permanent? What the hell am I going to do with my life? I only get one shot at this, and right now, I’m finding my value only in being valuable to others. How do I find value for me?

I just spent an entire day getting lost in this a
This is the story of a girl who falls in love with a boy and his guitar.


Also, he's kinda in the States illegally. And due to a convoluted plot that could only happen in a romance novel, she marries him so he can save her uncle's Broadway musical. <--because only his amazing guitar riffs will do!


Ok. I only picked this up because it was on a list somewhere as a humorous romance novel, and I was in the mood for a rom-com.
However, it doesn't market itself as a chuckle-a-minute stor
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-read, rom-com
4 Stars.

What Happens when you talk to your Crush for the First Time Ever? Instant Marriage? No Way. Way!

Meet Holland: Everyday she goes to the Fiftieth Street Station in Manhattan to listen to a musician who plays guitar there most days and nights. She absolutely loves his sound. His looks don’t hurt either. She is crushing hard till one day she actually works up the courage to talk to him after a drunken night out with her best friend Lulu. Turns out his name is Calvin, he’s Irish and he’s even
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: overdrive, buddy-read
It’s rom-com weekend! Pop the popcorn, slip into your jammies and make friends with your most comfortable chair!

Holland has found herself hopelessly love-struck with a talented subway musician. Even going so far as traveling miles out of her way every day just to see him.
In her mind she’s created a fantasy, fairy-tale romance with him. Oh but alas, she doesn’t even know his name! All that will change shortly.

As fate would have it, Holland’s uncle Robert needs a new musician for his Broadway sh
Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
5 stars!

Review and Paperback Giveaway at Of Pens and Pages.

There was never a dull moment reading this book! Fantastic banter and chemistry, great pace and flow, a wonderful and relatable heroine and a guitar-playing Irishman who will melt your heart with his music and accent. Plus, it's a slow burn, marriage of convenience romance, so duh. Of course, it's a win for me.

Holland Bakker had no idea she'd go from admiring the uber-handsome and talented busker she dubbed as Jack at the subway to actua
Larry H
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
After reading two particularly heavy books, I needed something a little lighter, something that wouldn't leave me emotionally debilitated. Once again this year, I turned to Christina Lauren, two writers whose work I've become a tremendous fan of. (This is the fourth book of theirs I've read this year; the fifth, Autoboyography , was among the best books I read last year.)

I know when I pick up a book of Lauren's I'm bound to find a charming, poignant, utterly engaging, sexy story, full of appe
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
there is a difference between a romance novel and a romance-supported story. a romance novel solely focuses on the relationship between two people, whereas a romance-supported story is a book where the main focus is on a plot, but also exhibits frequent romance elements that assist that storyline. i went into this hoping for a romance novel, but ended up getting a romance-supported story instead. sigh.

i thought a little more romantic connection between holland and calvin could have really elevat
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But this...writing about how it feels to listen to music, to have found him--it almost feels like I'm writing a description of how my organs work together, what keeps me breathing. I don't think I've ever felt this before.

I’m not an avid NA/contemporary reader, but I do love me some Christina Lauren goodies from time to time.
I find their writing easy and entertaining without resulting cheap or vulgar, and every time I engage in one of their stories, I can rest easily knowing they will provi
Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••
“I’ve never done this before. I just know I’m falling for the girl I married.”

I absolutely fell in love with this book. I knew what I was getting going into it, a marriage of convenience, a marriage to save a guy from being deported. What I didn’t know, I was getting an amazing love story. It was sweet, lighthearted, sexy, funny, and it was exactly what I needed. I will be honest, the first 30% was rather slow for me. Once things started picking up, I couldn't put this book down.

The attractio
Whitney Atkinson
I just recently read The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, a book that revolutionized my reading and made me realize I should delve more into adult romance rather than grasping New Adult by the throat and begging it to give me new, unproblematic content. So I decided to pick up this book because I mean, come on. Set in NYC about musical theater and a fake relationship trope? I’m here for it. And although I flew through this book in a day or two, my expectations were ultimately let down.

The main downf
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Contemporary-A-Thon Challenge #1: read a book that has been recommend to you - COMPLETE!

Y’all, this book was really good. Like, I FINALLY loved something by Christina Lauren again, good. This surprised me so much and I am SO HAPPY that I read it! Probably gonna re-read it again in a few weeks because I’m already itching to revisit these characters. Happy sigh
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog
4-4.5 cute stars

I had so much fun while I was reading it.It was sweet,cute, lighthearting and sexy.The book keep my interest throughout and I was intrigued with the concept of a fake marriage contract.


Roomies has it all, steamy moments,lovable characters,and an intense and full of emotions romance.Calvin is a swoon worthy hero,I adored him and I fell for him hard.Holland is funny and cute.I could easily relate with her.They try to deny the connection both are feeling but this can't be for long.
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Really loved it, I "tink"... :D Blog review by Jenny soon!
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Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
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“Mo stóirín, I fear I’ll like you too much.”


Reading a book by Christina Lauren is ALWAYS a treat and a guaranteed awesome read. Light, fun, touching, and with their signature humor, Roomies was no exception.

First things first. From here on out, I only want to be referred to as ‘“Mo stóirín.” Because Irish speaking musicians is my new favorite thing.

Roomies tells the story of Holland Bakker (told primarily in her POV), whom I would like to po
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
5th read for #smutathon
Challenge: Fake Dating

Omg. omg. this was so good. I'm dying at how cute it was
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This book receives 5 out of 5 AMAZING Stars! This was just what I needed to lighten up my mood! This book was absolutely hilarious, surprising, romantic, fun, open-minded and more! I loved escaping into this book! I loved Holland and Calvin! They were awesome seperately but even better after their "nuptials".

I laughed so hard I almost peed my pants! Okay, I know some of you are thinking "TMI, GROSS!" (Thank you motherhood!) Anyways back to this awesome book, I loved the romance and loved the fam
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it

Really enjoyable, steamy, swoon worthy read!
Éimhear (A Little Haze)
If you're going to feature a book with an Irish character please don't resort to offensive stereotyping by randomly italicising this faux Irish accent every now and then throughout the book.

Also, if you're going to include phrases from the Irish language:
(a) ensure they are grammatically correct; incorrectly phrasing and spelling my native tongue is utterly galling to me and did nothing other than antagonise and infuriate me making for an extremely irritating reading experience
(b) ensure said ph
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I had high hopes for Roomies and while I liked the story, I didn’t love it.

You get the gist of the overall story from the description, so I won’t rehash it here. I think this is a case where the story would’ve benefited from a dual POV because my biggest issue was that I wasn’t sure that Calvin wanted Holland like she wanted him for much of the book. It felt very one-sided to me, I knew Holland was crazy about Calvin, but didn’t feel it on his end. If we would’ve had Calvin’s POV maybe I would’
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4.5 stars!

“You’re too beautiful to be inexperienced in love.”

Roomies is a charming book that sneaks up on you and grabs your heart! Holland has had a crush on subway musician Calvin for months who then saves her when she gets attacked on the subway. Recognizing his musical talent, she is able to get him his big break in broadway. There’s only one problem, he’s from Ireland and has been living in America illegally for the last four years.

Holland finds a crazy solution, she decides to marry
Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I tink i love this so much and i also tink i want an Irish boy like Clavin.

RTC .....i tink?
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-2
Another super-cute romance by Christina Lauren. In this one, Holland and Calvin wind up in a green card marriage in order to get Calvin playing his guitar in her uncle’s New York production. He moves in with her to make it look real, and along the way, things start becoming a little more real than either intended.

I LOVE “real or not real” scenarios, and the chemistry between Holland and Calvin was great in this one. As they slowly work their way into something that might fool them both into bein

I really put my speed reading to the test with this one.

I expected this to be a fun and easy read - something that would make me laugh, too. But, it was none of that. Instead, I found myself quickly growing bored & irritated with Holland and the entire story. It got to the point where I wanted the madness to end, and I almost dnf'ed it.

When you read the back of the cover, the idea sounds fun and light. Intriguing even. But the contents, I'm sorry to say, don't live up to the expectation and
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Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/best friends Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced seventeen New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 30+ languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)

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